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Jan. 31, 2013 — Tallahassee

At 8:42 p.m., deputies were waiting at a Circle K convenience store for for 31-year-old Carlos Cespedes, wanted for attempted murder and aggravated assault.

They were also told that Cespedes was armed, might be suicidal and had recently barricaded himself in his mother's home during a confrontation with Tallahassee police.

Deputies attempted a traffic stop but Cespedes fled to his mother's home. Deputy Ronn McMullen sent a K-9 after Cespedes when he got out of the car. Read more

Cespedes turned and fired at the dog, killing him.

McMullen and Deputy Tyler Epstein returned fire, wounding Cespedes in the head. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

This was the 20th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

One day earlier, one officer shot one person in Miami .

Seven days later, one officer shot two people in Fort Pierce .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Deputy Epstein was involved in one other shooting from 2009 to 2014. Eighty-five officers were involved in more than one shooting during that time period.
  2. Cespedes fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  3. Cespedes was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Cespedes showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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